Ayodhya, the birthplace of Hindu God Lord Rama has been in the news for its gradual transformation from an ancient city to a spiritual tourism destination. From the construction of Maryada Purushottam Sri Ram International Airport to the redevelopment of Ayodhya railway station, Ayodhya has another surprise for the travel addicts. Travellers can soon get the chance to glide on river Saryu in a Ramayana cruise. Tourists can enjoy a glimpse of iconic Ghats in the holy city in this luxury boat service. Yes, you read that right. By next Diwali you would be able to glide over the tides of Saryu river in the land of Ram.
A luxurious yet spiritual Ramayana cruise tour awaits the devotees of Lord Rama in Ayodhya. It will be the first-ever luxury cruise service on the Saryu river in Ayodhya. The government desires to help devotees get up-close with iconic ghats by the river Saryu in this luxury cruise. The minister further added that this cruise shall give breathtaking experiences to devotees through this unique spiritual journey. A private company that already operates similar services on the river Ganga in Varanasi will take care of the cruise operations in Saryu. Not just that, the cruise will also use green fuel causing minimal impact on the environment. Let us have a look at the key features of the cruise.
The cruise will be equipped with all luxury comfort and facilities along with all essential safety and security features at par with the global standard.
The interiors of the cruise and the boarding point will be based on the theme of the Ramcharitmanas.
The fully air-conditioned 80-seater cruise will have large glass panels for experiencing the scenic beauty of the Saryu ghats.
The cruise will be equipped with kitchen and pantry facilities for the comfort of the tourists.
It will facilitate passengers with bio-toilets and hybrid engine systems for the ‘zero effect’ on the environment.
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This luxury cruise will ensure visitors to have the best of both worlds - a fun yet spiritually knowledgeable experience. This tour will feature a 45-minute film based on Goswami Tulsidas’ Ramcharitramanas. Additionally tourists can enjoy clicking selfies at selfie points inspired by Ramayana episodes. Covering a distance of 15-16 km in river Saryu tourists can actively participate in the Saryu aarti at the end of the cruise.
The ‘Ramayana Cruise Tour’ will not only attract a large number of tourists but also will generate direct and indirect employment opportunities in the region. The Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways will provide all necessary infrastructural support for the smooth operation of the cruise service.
It is worth mentioning that Ayodhya is the birthplace of Lord Rama as mentioned in the great Indian epic Ramayana. It is also the first of the seven most important pilgrimage sites (Moksha Dayini Sapta Puris) for the Hindus. Approximately 2 crore tourists visit Ayodhya every year as per the data of UP tourism for the year 2019. After completion of the Ram Mandir it is to be believed that the inflow of the tourists will be increased.
The government has already announced a huge infrastructure for beautifying Ayodhya and making it a global tourist destination. Soon the city will have an international airport and construction work for Satsang Bhawan and Dasarath Mahal is already in progress.
How to reach
Ayodhya is well-connected by rail to major cities like Lucknow, Kanpur and Varanasi. It does not have an airport but it is connected by road to Lucknow. For those of you who are planning to go Ayodhya here is how to reach Ayodhya:
By air: The nearest airport to Ayodhya is the Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport in Lucknow which is located 50 km west from the town. The Lucknow Airport is connected with the major cities in India by regular flights. After reaching the airport, you can take a taxi that can take you directly to Ayodhya.
By rail: Ayodhya is well connected to nearby railway stations and major stations throughout north India. It is well connected to Delhi, Lucknow, Kanpur, Varanasi, Gorakhpur and Gonda. The Ayodhya (AY) railway station is less than 2 km away from the city centre. Here is a list of trains between New Delhi and Ayodhya. From the station, you can hire a cab that can take you to the city centre.
By road: Services of Uttar Pradesh Transport Corporation (UPTC) buses are available 24 hours a day and it is very easy to reach here from all places. Ayodhya is around 130 km. from Lucknow, 200 km from Varanasi, 160 km from Prayagraj, 140 km from Gorakhpur and about 636 km from Delhi. Frequent buses are also available from Varanasi, Prayagraj and other places as per their schedule.
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